Armed Forces Day was given extra meaning this year when Latus Motors Harley-Davidson of Gladstone, Oregon put together a day long event that included participation by members of all 5 services, vets, active duty service men and women as well as their families. New recruits to the National Guard were sworn in by Legislative Majority Leader David Hunt. Music was provided by the Braxton Bragg Band along with some great food courtesy of Latus Motors.
Attendees were treated to flyovers, exhibits of military machines and equipment from several previous conflicts and periods as well as an array of games and fun including a climbing wall. Of special interest were the many bikes and vehicles painted with loving tributes to our fallen heroes by friends and family as well as others who made this a special day.
The National Anthem was sung by Katelynne Cox and many awards and honors were bestowed on the fallen with family members in attendance to accept the tributes. Among them was Mrs. Coral Falk whose father, Howard Ramsey had been the last surviving Oregon vet from World War 1. She accepted several honors in his name.
It was a touching and heartfelt day for all who attended and Latus Motors is to be commended for helping put all this together.